Are We Measuring Research Success Wrong?

March 28, 2019

Academic researchers are, for the most part, competitive. These intellectual gladiators like to succeed--but more than that, they like to win. Historically this “winning” was determined by solving problems no one else has ever solved before, thereby driving a particular scientific discipline forward. Quantifying such success was challenging, subtle and nuanced, and, except in the rare cases of genuine breakthroughs, could really only be appreciated by others breathing the rarefied air high in the ivory tower.